Howard County commissioners voted unanimously Friday to adopt a road use agreement in hopes of sharing the mounting cost of rural road maintenance made necessary by the ongoing boom in the oilfield.
The court â€” with Precinct 1 Councilwoman Emma Brown absent â€” voted in favor of the agreement, which has been in the works for several months now, with the fees tacked on to county permits.
Patsy Baird, 75, of Big Spring, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in a local nursing home after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Private interment will follow at a later date at Trinity Memorial Park.
She was born Aug. 27, 1937, in Vincent, Texas and married James Baird Nov. 24, 1956, in Big Spring, Texas.
She was a lifelong resident of Big Spring and was a member of Birdwell Lane Church of Christ.
Maria Linda Vera, 56, of Midland, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Stanton. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Bautista Calvario Church in Stanton. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
The family received friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton.
Survivors include a sister, Sally Ochoa of Midland; and brothers Jose Vera of Big Spring and Marcelo Vera.
A late surge of giving has allowed the local Salvation Army to help almost as many â€śangelsâ€ť as it did last Christmas.
Around 400 area seniors and children and more than 100 needy families will receive holiday gifts through this year's Salvation Army Angel Tree program. That figure is slightly below 2011 totals, Angel Tree Coordinator Ada Lafler said.
O' Christmas tree, o' Christmas tree â€” to compost you are heading?
Not to sound all Scrooge-ish or anything, but as much as you enjoy looking at that Christmas tree and all those beautifully decorated packages in your living room, the simple fact is around this time next week, you'll be looking for ways to be rid of the things.
As they do annually at this time of year, Big Spring city officials have announced plans for helping local residents dispose of all the extra trash that accumulates in Christmas season.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOSHUA STEVEN WALKER, 22, of 1105 Pickens, was arrested Thursday on charges of driving while license suspended/invalid â€“ no insurance, failure to maintain financial responsibility, speeding in a school zone and driving while license invalid.
â€˘ TIFFANY ANN ELDER, 30, of 2600 Langley, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license invalid.
Arthur Vivian Blassingame Jr., was born Sept. 22, 1922, in Fannin County. He died Dec. 19, 2012, at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring, Texas.
Art served in the United States Air Force for four years in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. He farmed in Howard and Martin Counties after the end of the war. Later, Art sold cars at Pollard Chevrolet for 25 years and made many lifelong friends in the community. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to joke with his friends and family.
Lillie Mae Anderson, 77, of Big Spring died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Derek Looney, pastor of Spring Creek Fellowship, officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
Monica Rodriguez Chavez, 69, of Big Spring died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Hospice House of Odessa. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.
She was born May 4, 1943, in Big Spring, Texas, and married Andres Chavez on Jan. 2, 1971, in Big Spring.
With roads on their mind, Howard County commissioners will meet for the last time in 2012 Friday.
Among the agenda items is discussion and possible action regarding a proposed agreement aimed at requiring area trucking companies profiting from the boom in the oilfield to help finance the rehabilitation of numerous county roads.
Commissioners have been working on the pact for several months, said County Judge Mark Barr.
â€śOverall, the damage is estimated at approximately $22 million right now,â€ť Barr said. â€śThis isn't something we're going to be able to fix all at one time, obviously.â€ť